I was born in Monterrey, Mexico and grew up in South Carolina. I moved to McAllen prior to my freshman year at McAllen High School. During high school, I had braces with Dr. John A. Gerling who inspired me to be an orthodontist. During high school, I made myself a timeline outlining the steps needed to become an orthodontist with the ages that I would accomplish each step. I taped this timeline beside my bedroom light switch so I would see it every night and morning. After graduating high school, I left McAllen to attend Dental School and then my Orthodontic Residency. I returned to McAllen in early 2017.
- McAllen High School
- University of Texas Pan-American, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology – Summa Cum Laude
- University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Degree
- Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Master of Science in Dentistry and Certificate in Orthodontics
As one of my favorite professors from my orthodontic residency always said: “Always be a freshman and be willing to learn.”
I took this to heart and always do my best to keep current with new orthodontic research, technology, and clinical practices. This allows me to deliver the best possible patient care. I am also involved in several prestigious dental and orthodontic associations including the:
- American Association of Orthodontics (I attend the national meeting every year)
- American Dental Association
- Texas Dental Association
- Rio Grande Valley Dental Association
I have a rich, mixed background with my father being Irish and my mother being Mexican. Yo hablo (poquito) Español. My beautiful wife, Arianna, was born and raised in Edinburg, Tx and we have been married for over 3 years. We don’t have any kids yet, but we plan to expand our family in the near future. In my free time, I enjoy lifting weights, playing tennis, hitting golf balls, reading books, and listening to audiobooks/podcasts. During my undergraduate studies, I was a WEFNA certified personal trainer. I enjoy traveling to new places, trying new foods, and learning about other cultures. I have been working with Dr. Gerling since I returned to McAllen in early 2017.
The McAllen community is a great place to live and work. I enjoy finding ways to give back and help others in the community. The various McAllen projects that I have been involved with in the past include: Keep McAllen Beautiful, Make A Difference Day and the Palm Valley Animal Center 3rd Annual Fall Festival.
I am currently on the McAllen Public Library Advisory board and been on the board for just over a year now. I have helped elicit such changes as having more recycling receptacles added to the library and having a water bottle refill station added to the main library. Dr. Gerling and I have also given a presentation open to library patrons titled “Dinosaurs Rock” where we bring in fossils to show, explain what happened to the dinosaurs and finish with a big liquid nitrogen/ hot water finale!
During Dental School, I was an active member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA). I participated in CMDA mission trips to Eagle Pass and Laredo, Texas that provided dental work to those in need. In dental school, I also assisted in the San Fernando Health and Safety Fair. One of my favorite podcasts titled, Stuff You Should Know, introduced me to an online micro-lending organization called Kiva. This non-profit organization allows people to lend money to low-income entrepreneurs and students in over 80 countries. I have been actively involved since 2011.
I feel very fortunate to have helped others in the past and am grateful to know that I can continue to make a difference every day in our office.